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Mindfulness Through the Lens- A Personal Journey with Lensbaby

  • 3 min read

Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 | 2.8 | 1/80 | 500

The act of creating self-portraits is a profound journey into the soul, offering both introspection and a heightened awareness of self. As a conceptual self-portrait photographer, every frame is a mirror reflecting my emotions, thoughts, and narratives. Each self-portrait embodies a continual process of self-reflection, fostering an intimate dialogue between the artist and the self, enhancing mindfulness and connection.

In essence, the intimate conversation in self-portraiture bridges mindfulness by promoting self-awareness, emotional clarity, focus, acceptance, and insight. Self-portrait photography demands our whole presence—not just as the photographer, but as the subject. Immersed in each moment, aware of every expression and space I inhabit, I weave tales, reveal emotions, and explore the self while deeply engaging with the present moment. The blend of awareness, acceptance, and artistic intuition nourishes mindfulness, aligning my inner world with the external.


Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 | 2.8 | 1/80 | 500

When we create self-portraits, we face different parts of who we are, our feelings, and our life experiences. This helps us better understand our own emotions and thoughts. It’s like peeling back layers to see and understand ourselves more clearly. This act of self-discovery and exploration brings us into a deep mindfulness. We become fully present as we engage with each aspect of ourselves, learning to observe our internal landscape with a gentle, non-judgmental awareness. This practice enhances our art and our connection to ourselves and the world around us, nurturing a mindful and balanced life.

We cultivate patience and acceptance as we step both in front and behind the lens. We learn to love our flaws, accept our vulnerabilities, and celebrate what makes us unique. Accepting ourselves just as we are is a powerful way to be mindful. In this kind and loving space, we learn to explore our feelings and identities more deeply. This lets us express ourselves more fully and honestly. And this learning isn’t just for our art—it helps us grow and understand ourselves better in every part of life.



Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 | 2.8 | 1/80 | 500

Lensbaby lenses' unique charm and character beautifully complement each creation in this journey. The manual focus of Lensbaby lenses encourages a slowing down, a pause that promotes presence and mindfulness. They serve as a vital companion, adding to the profundity and intimacy of the artistic dialogue. The blur, softness, and ethereal quality of images taken with a Lensbaby lens are not just visual effects. They echo the dreamlike realms of imagination and emotion, enhancing and amplifying the feelings felt during creation. These lenses invite a closer look and deeper introspection into the image and the self, awakening a sense of gratitudefor such a perfectly aligned artistic tool.

The intertwining paths of mindfulness, self-portrait photography, and Lensbaby lenses merge in a harmonious exploration of self-awareness, artistic expression, and profound personal insight. This exploration guides and enriches each step of my creative journey. In the space where the lens meets life, mindfulness blooms, and a profoundly personal artistic experience unfolds, marked by the unique nuances of Lensbaby lenses.


Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 | 2.8 | 1/80 | 500


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Sharon Covert

Sharon Covert resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Brought up with a musical background, she taught piano lessons for over 20 years before studying and practicing photography as an art. Sharon has a strong focus on conceptual self-portraits and believes art has the power to heal. She is both enamored and inspired by fairytales, myths, folklore, nature, and all things magical. Sharon's self-portraiture combines anonymity, symbolism, surrealism, otherworldly elements, and pictorial qualities. She seeks to highlight the beauty in darkness. Like a page from a dark fairy tale in another world and time, Sharon aims to bring the viewer into her magical world. Sharon anonymously uses herself as the subject throughout her conceptual art to express her deepest darkest thoughts and secrets while transporting the viewer to the depths of her imagination. Sharon's work has been published and featured in numerous magazines and juried art exhibitions worldwide.


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